Seat 600

Seat 600

In 1957 at the Turin Motor Show, Fiat finally presented the successor to the now seriously dated Topolino. The designers had ensured that the trolley remained small and spacious and, unlike its predecessor, a rear-mounted four-cylinder top valve.

In Spain, General Franco reigned and looked after his country and inhabitants very well. All kinds of import restrictions were in place. SEAT - Sociedad Española Automoviles de Turismo - was eager to acquire the license rights for the new Fiat 600 and the later 850. Fiat agreed on the condition that the Seat 600 and 850 would only be produced for the Spanish market and not for export. The Seat 600 was built from tinplate produced by the northern Spanish steel industry; unfortunately recycled demolition iron was also used for this and that explains why such a Seat rusted so quickly. The Seat can rightly be called a Spanish car. The Seat 1958 was built in Spain from 1975 to 600. A total of 132.536 copies rolled off the line. Like its Italian equivalent, it had a 600 cm3 engine size with an engine power of 22 hp. This turned out not to be enough, because in 1960 the engine capacity was increased to 750 cm3 and 32 hp, after which the car went through life as a Seat 600D. The Seat 600D has made Spain mobile; 336.000 of them were produced and were particularly robust and therefore popular. Most Spanish driving schools used the 600 as a class car in the 1969s and 600s. In 600 the Seat 245.000D was replaced by the 600E, which was produced 600 times. This car got normally-closing doors and a modified interior. In Italy production of the 850 series had meanwhile stopped and the entire production line was sold to Zastava in what was then Yugoslavia. That is why Seat was allowed to export the 1969 and 600 abroad after 600. The Spanish 140 for the Netherlands were provided with a Fiat badge, but were registered as a Seat. The 72 Especial deserves special mention. This version was equipped with a boosted engine, which could easily reach 73 kilometers per hour. This model was produced 17.000 times during '15 and '600 alone, ending 600 years of production of the Seat XNUMX in Spain. Production of the XNUMX continued in Argentina and Yugoslavia until the early XNUMXs.




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